Gulf/South Atlantic spiny lobster
Florida fleet sets traps with its eyes on gushing oil, weather and tourists
Keeping one eye on the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the west, fishermen in south Florida and the Florida Keys prepared to set their traps Aug. 6. They're hoping the money they made during the last two weeks of March, at the end of last season's spiny lobster harvest, will prove a better indicator of this season's opening price than the dismal $3 a pound that prevailed for much of 2009-10.
Cover Story Excerpt: Some call it opportunity
Louisiana's cleanup fleet has grown with spill
By John DeSantis
In the beginning there were 12 boats, and shortly thereafter 25.
An armada of shrimping vessels, 60- and 70-foot double riggers, their future uncertain, set out to perform tasks they and their captains had never dreamed of doing.
Repower saves big on fuel bill; Fairhaven's first steel scalloper
At the end of this winter, Finestkind Boatyard in Harpswell, Maine, completed a repowering job for local lobsterman Robert Graves. Graves' Holland 38-foot was built in 1986 with a 550-hp Detroit Diesel 6V-92. This is the type of fuel-guzzling, oil-leaking, and air-polluting iron that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was looking to replace with its Maine Clean Marine Engine Initiative.
National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.